A day after he found out that he would not be participating on the 2010 U.S World Cup team, Charlie Davies has expressed his displeasure with the French soccer club he is a member of.
On Thursday, Davies said that he feel slighted by Alexandre Lacombe, the president of Sochaux, who sent a letter to Bob Bradley and the U.S team’s staff stating that Davies was not medically cleared to play.
Upon learning this Davies said that he was “let down” and “very hurt, very sad and very angry” with his French club.
“It’s frustrating because for the past months I’ve been training with the [Sochaux]team,” Davies said. “At the beginning it was not so well but I’ve progressed a lot, I continue to progress, I still have to progress but I’m definitely ready to play.”
Davies believes that he is fully capable of playing in the 2010 World Cup for the United States, after recovering from a car accident that nearly killed him seven months earlier.
“It’s a very strange situation, I feel hurt because I feel like I’ve been let down by my club,” Davies remarked.
In spite of what Davies recently learned, he fully intends to stay with Sochaux in the upcoming season. Davies stated that he and Bradley had a discussion after he was informed that he would not travel with the team to South Africa next month.
“Bob Bradley called me the night before the selection was put out to the press,” Davies stated. “He explained to me that Sochaux sent a letter saying they were not going to clear me medically and wouldn’t release me to go with the national team. And that this had a big part to play in not being able to select me.”
The 23-year-old forward was in his rookie season with Sochaux when he endured his car accident, and was sidelined for the rest of the season.
“I’m very angry because I feel FC Sochaux has denied me a chance at playing in the World Cup,” Davies said. “Of course I’m not at 100 percent now but I feel that by the time our World Cup camp starts next week I would be at a level where I can compete for one of the forward spot.”
Training camp for the 2010 United States World Cup team will be held in Princeton, New Jersey. The team opens up against England in pool play on June 12.
“By the first game against England, I feel I would be able to be at 100 percent and really contribute for the national team,” Davies remarked. “So for me not being able to get a chance is very painful.”
Even though Davies will not be a part of the team, he looks forward to watching his former teammates compete, and believes that they could turn some heads.
“I definitely think that the U.S. national team has a lot of good players and a lot of potential,” Davies said. “We’ve beaten Spain in the Confederations Cup. Of course it’s not the World Cup but we showed we have quality and that we can win big games. If we play to the best of our potential I think we can go very far.”
While Davies is confident, Online Sportsbooks have installed the United States team at 50/1 odds to win the 2010 FIFA World Cup.